First-quarter report: Bruins are disappointed Looking for momentum at Tampa Bay tonight

November 14, 1995|By Boston Globe

The Bruins hardly have fulfilled their own expectations in the first quarter of the NHL season. And even if they avoid defeat at Tampa Bay tonight, they still will have one of the lower point totals in the league.

But the Bruins are hoping to gain some momentum from this game, which will be followed by four successive home games.

"It's important -- from a morale standpoint, we can't continue to outplay teams and lose," coach Steve Kasper said Sunday. "It gets disheartening. We need to come back and feel good about ourselves.

"In 15 games, we have had a good effort by and large. We have come out on the short end a few times. But there is no quit in any

one. We'll be there."

"We're struggling right now," Cam Neely said. "We've got to find a way for everyone to pick it up and start to play winning hockey. You are going to ask the same questions and we are going to answer the same way, and it's not going to change until we start winning."

Capitals tonight

Opponent: Philadelphia Flyers

Site: USAir Arena, Landover

Time: 7:30

TV/Radio: HTS/WWLG (1360 AM), WTEM (570 AM)

Outlook: The Capitals, losers in four of their past five games, will be trying to reproduce their early-season play, and the Flyers will be trying to survive without center Eric Lindros (knee sprain). He has missed the past six games and though listed as day-to-day, is expected to miss tonight's game. Philadelphia is 2-4 without Lindros, including back-to-back losses to the New Jersey Devils last weekend. The Capitals are trying to figure out how to get back to their team style and get someone besides Peter Bondra (nine goals, five assists) or a defenseman on the scoreboard. The Flyers are second in the league in goals-against, allowing 2.36 per game. Philadelphia reports no injuries other than Lindros'. Washington C Pat Peake (thyroid cartilage) is out at least two more weeks, D Jim Johnson (wrist ligaments) is out, and LW Craig Berube (concussion) is day-to-day.

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